Guillem Balague suggests what Suarez needs to do to succeed at Barcelona

Guillem Balague believes Luis Suarez just needs to keep plugging away at Barcelona after an underwhelming start to life in Spain.

Controversial as he may be, there can be no denying that striker Luis Suarez was one of the finest Premier League strikers during his time with Liverpool.

The Uruguayan had his fair share of misdemeanours whilst playing for the Reds, but his 82 goals in 133 games was a staggering return from the 28-year-old.

After impressing at the World Cup for Uruguay last summer, Suarez was sold to Barcelona in a deal believed to be worth around £75m.

Suarez was expected to be the missing piece in Barcelona's attack, and many anticipated him forming a deadly trio alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar for the Catalan giants.

Yet so far, things haven't played out like that for Suarez. With just two goals in 12 La Liga appearances, Suarez has yet to hit the heights of his days at Anfield, even if his nine assists in all competitions will be a boost for manager Luis Enrique.

Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague was asked how Barcelona can get the best out of Suarez, and Balague suggested to Sky Sports that his record isn't too dissimilar from his exploits early on at Liverpool, but that the striker just needs to keep working hard - and the goals will flow in time.

"If you take away the first six months he arrived at Liverpool, his second season wasn’t so good," said Balague. "After 17 games of his second season at Liverpool he had seven goals; he only has two less now. In any case, he wasn’t surrounded by the quality of players he is at Barcelona."

"He’s just got to keep working. They love the fact the does so much without the ball but he’s there to score goals as well," he added.

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